25 episodes

Welcome to the Secrets of Technology from the Star Quest Production Network, your weekly look at the world of technology from a uniquely Catholic perspective. We’re not the usual tech news from New York or San Francisco. We’re creating conversations around technology topics that affect all of us, including social media, privacy, AI, the ubiquity of gadgets, parenting tech-savvy kids, and more.



Geek and gadget culture is mainstream in society at all age levels now more than ever. By exploring the intersection of faith and technology, we give you the tools to live your faith life and spirituality in harmony with the work of technology and media that you are immersed in.



But you don’t have to be Catholic or a believer to get something out of Secrets of Technology. Our regular panel will discuss the top tech stories, offer up technology tips and lessons, and give you our picks of the week for software, hardware, web sites, or information that will make you more productive, more entertained, more informed, and more secure.

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    • Tech News
    • 4.8, 24 Ratings

Welcome to the Secrets of Technology from the Star Quest Production Network, your weekly look at the world of technology from a uniquely Catholic perspective. We’re not the usual tech news from New York or San Francisco. We’re creating conversations around technology topics that affect all of us, including social media, privacy, AI, the ubiquity of gadgets, parenting tech-savvy kids, and more.



Geek and gadget culture is mainstream in society at all age levels now more than ever. By exploring the intersection of faith and technology, we give you the tools to live your faith life and spirituality in harmony with the work of technology and media that you are immersed in.



But you don’t have to be Catholic or a believer to get something out of Secrets of Technology. Our regular panel will discuss the top tech stories, offer up technology tips and lessons, and give you our picks of the week for software, hardware, web sites, or information that will make you more productive, more entertained, more informed, and more secure.

    Getting started with Smart Home

    Getting started with Smart Home

    TEC072: How do you get started with making your home into a smart home? Dom Bettinelli, Pat Scott, and Fr. Andrew Kinstetter start the first of an occasional series of episodes diving into the smart home topic by asking some basic questions, like Why do it?

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    * Smart House | Disney Movies

    * Wirecutter

    * Tom’s Hardware

    * Facebook to let users turn off political adverts

    * Unsubscribe: The $0-budget movie that ‘topped the US box office’

    * TikTok App to Stop Accessing User Clipboards After Being Caught in the Act by iOS 14 – MacRumors

    * iOS 14 flags TikTok, 53 other apps spying on iPhone clipboards – Naked Security

    * Microsoft is permanently closing all physical retail stores | VentureBeat

    * There’s a simple trick to watch YouTube videos without any ads – The Verge





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    Picks of the Week:



    * Pat: Heatsoft ADCS (PC), StackPath (Mac), Beyond Compare (Mac)

    * Fr. Andrew: Downcast podcast player for iOS and Mac

    * Dom:



    Disclaimer: Hosts, panelists, and guests may have a financial interest in the companies discussed through investments or other means. Their opinions and recommendations are not affected and do not present a conflict of interest. We offer this statement in the interest of full disclosure.

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Apple’s Big Announcements

    Apple’s Big Announcements

    TEC071: Apple had their annual reveal of their upcoming software plans so Dom Bettinelli, Joanne Mercier, and Pat Scott talk about all the new features from the perspective of the average user, sifting out the most interesting for a wide audience and breaking down the technical aspects.

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    * iOS 14: Everything you need to know | iMore

    * iOS 14 has a new home screen with widgets, a redesigned Siri, and more – The Verge

    * iPadOS 14: Everything you need to know | iMore

    * iOS 14 lets you tap the back of your iPhone to launch apps and a whole lot more – The Verge

    * watchOS 7: Everything you need to know | iMore

    * Apple will let Tile and other device makers connect to its location tracking Find My network – The Verge

    * Jimmy Akin’s Mysterious World: The Mystery of Sleep

    * How my FitBit landed me in the hospital – Bettnet.com





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    * Pat: Ubuntu Linux for Zoom on old laptops

    * Joanne: HyperJuice 100W GaN USB-C Charger

    * Dom:



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    • 1 hr 6 min
    Facial Recognition Reckoning

    Facial Recognition Reckoning

    TEC070: With big tech companies shutting down their facial recognition software for law enforcement use, Dom Bettinelli, Thomas Sanjurjo, and Jack Baruzzini discuss where the tech will go from here. Plus the dangers and pitfalls of online voting.
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    * IBM will no longer offer, develop, or research facial recognition technology – The Verge
    * Amazon Pauses Police Use of Its Facial Recognition Software – The Mac Observer
    * Microsoft says it won’t sell facial recognition technology to US police departments – CNN
    * Some States Have Embraced Online Voting. It’s a Huge Risk. – Slashdot
    * What I Learned Trying To Secure Congressional Campaigns (Idle Words)
    * ‘We are going to crush this lady’: Six former eBay employees charged in federal cyberstalking case targeting Natick couple – The Boston Globe
    * The Internet Archive has ended its ‘emergency library’ early – The Verge
    * Disney Almost Bought Twitter in 2016 – Slashdot
    * FCC has “serious doubts” that SpaceX can deliver latencies under 100ms | Ars Technica


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    Picks of the Week:

    * Thomas: Summer Camps in a Box
    * Jack: STARSS News Reader
    * Dom: Blog series on how to produce podcasts

    Disclaimer: Hosts, panelists, and guests may have a financial interest in the companies discussed through investments or other means. Their opinions and recommendations are not affected and do not present a conflict of interest....

    • 58 min
    Keep Old Tech Alive

    Keep Old Tech Alive

    TEC069: How long should our technology last? Dom Bettinelli, Pat Scott, and Fr. Andrew Kinstetter discuss how long companies should support and repair devices and our expectations for how long they last, and whether we should have a right to repair them. Plus cleaning up your privacy leaks and social media.

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    * How Apple Decides Which Products Are ‘Vintage’ and ‘Obsolete’

    * Wearables like Fitbit and Oura can detect coronavirus symptoms, new research shows – The Washington Post

    * Walmart employees are out to show its anti-shoplifting AI doesn’t work | Ars Technica

    * Miss Your Office? Some Companies Are Building Virtual Replicas – WSJ

    * What It’s Like to Get Doxed for Taking a Bike Ride

    * How to Quickly Delete Old Facebook Posts | PCMag





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    * Fr. Andrew: GalaxyCon Live

    * Pat: Discovery Tours in Assassin’s Creed Origins

    * Dom:



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    • 1 hr 7 min
    Are Social Media Platforms or Publishers?

    Are Social Media Platforms or Publishers?

    TEC068: What are social media? Dom Bettinelli, Fr. Cory Sticha, and Joanne Mercier discuss whether they should be treated like public utilities, regulated monopolies, or something else, and whether public officials should be treated differently on them. Plus more hackintosh; watch parties; Alexa Guard; online class refunds; and Internet Archive vs. book publishers.

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    * Hackintosh

    * It Doesn’t Matter If Twitter Is a ‘Publisher’ or a ‘Platform” | National Review

    * Twitter acts, while Facebook doesn’t, on glorifying violence – 9to5Mac

    * Hulu and Plex Rolling Out New Features for Streaming Video With Friends – MacRumors

    * Unimpressed by online classes, college students seek refunds

    * 3 Amazon Echo security features to use when you leave the house – CNET

    * Lawsuit over online book lending could bankrupt Internet Archive | Ars Technica





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    Picks of the Week:



    * Joanne: COVID Symptom Study for iOS and Android

    * Joanne: CrushCOVID-RI app

    * Fr. Cory:

    * Dom:



    Disclaimer: Hosts, panelists, and guests may have a financial interest in the companies discussed through investments or other means. Their opinions and recommendations are not affected and do not present a conflict of interest. We offer this statement in the interest of full disclosure.

    • 1 hr
    Space Tech: Cool and Inspiring

    Space Tech: Cool and Inspiring

    TEC067: Inspired by the SpaceX manned mission, Dom Bettinelli, Thomas Sanjurjo, and Jack Baruzzini discuss how space-related technology’s coolness factor can inspire the rest of us. Also a lickable display; Zoom buys Keybase; Police can’t look at your lock screen; AP exam iPhone fails; and eBay port-scanning you.

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    * NASA DM-2

    * How SpaceX’s Crew Dragon Demo-2 mission will work in 13 steps | Space

    * Elon Musk’s SpaceX Suit Is Like a Tuxedo for the Starship Enterprise – The New York Times

    * In the era of socially distanced concerts, here?s what it was like at New Hampshire?s first drive-in show. – The Washington Post

    * Hundreds attend outdoor church service in Massachusetts

    * Drive-In movie theaters see resurgence due to social distancing rules – Washington Times

    * iPhone’s HEIC Format Causing Some Students to Fail AP Exams, Here’s How to Fix It – MacRumors

    * ‘Taste Display’ Brings Fake Flavors to Your Tongue

    * Judge Rules FBI Cannot View a Phone Lock Screen Without a Warrant – MacRumors

    * Zoom buys Keybase in first deal as part of plan to fix security

    * eBay port scans visitors’ computers for remote access programs





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    Picks of the Week:



    * Jack: Stellarium Mobile Sky app for iOS and Android

    * Thomas: Kerbal Space Program

    • 53 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
24 Ratings

24 Ratings

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Delightful and Great Computer / Technological Podcast

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